Exactly one year ago, Battle Creek “hot spot” On Deck Sports Bar and Grill burned in a suspicious fire that is still under investigation by the Battle Creek Police Department and the ATF.
native Robert “the crooked chiropractor” Buckhannon and his fiancé Kelly Demoss opened the bar in April 2013, but abruptly closed the 225 W. Michigan Avenue location after a dispute with partner Stephen Anderson.
The bar reopened in late November 2013.
As the investigation is still ongoing, with a final determination yet to be announced, we're left to speculate about the cause.
However, we do know plenty about Robert Buckhannon — he is currently somewhere in the greater Las Vegas area with a GPS tracking device strapped to his ankle.
Buckhannon was arrested on
September 30 by the FBI in Henderson, Nevada, and is under federal
indictment for conspiracy and fraud charges relating to a $34 million
dollar hedge fund fraud.
Buckhannon never paid a penny of a $1.5 SEC settlement, a fact Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Newman stated in court while arguing for Buckhannon's detention. She also said hundreds of investors lost money in the scheme and “$13.1 million was still missing”.
Newman argued that Buckhannon was “a flight risk, with relatives and co-conspirators living outside the United States.” She said he is “the target of an arson investigation stemming from a December suspicious fire at a bar he owned in Battle Creek.”
Buckhannon's court-appointed defense lawyer argued the crooked chiropractor" was “broke with an expired passport and doesn’t have money to flee the country”.
He said the defendant “has $300 in the bank”, leaving the rest of us to wonder how much Buckhannon has stashed in various mattresses—in Las Vegas...and Battle Creek.
While a formal date has yet to be set, Buckhannon's federal fraud case is expected to go to trial in October 2015.